Irene Sanderson
Netherby Hall Online Exhibition

Blossom III, by Irene Sanderson

I often use the materials and techniques of ink painting, a spare and eloquent form with its roots in China and Japan. I studied and painted in Japan for some years and still visit there for my work. My latest return, on which I have based these paintings, largely focused on Shintō shrines and icons, monuments to a faith that subtly connects the age of myth to cutting-edge modernity.

Although an actual ink painting may not take long to execute, days may be spent in striving towards a desired result, repeating the actions until the sequence of brush strokes on paper becomes as a dance involving the movement and balance of the whole body. Music in the studio sets the rhythm that directs the action, but Noriko's playing also sets the mood that directs the heart.

All the works are mounted using traditional methods and materials of size and starch onto wooden panels. Unless stated they are unglazed, framed with a simple wooden surround as in nihonga.

Art by Irene Sanderson

Art below is priced on collection from Netherby Hall. Please get in contact for a shipping quote.

Blossom I

Sumi and watercolour on Moon Palace paper mounted on Fabriano watercolour paper onto pine board with starch glue.

Box-framed in natural wood from local sustainable source.

h 84cms x w 126cms

£1600 - Buy Now

Leaves Floating on Kamogawa II

The Kamogawa is the river flowing through Kyōto. Maple leaves float down through the seasons.

Box-framed in natural wood from local sustainable source.

h 84cms x w 126cms

£1600 - Buy Now

Blossom III

Sumi and watercolour on Moon Palace paper mounted on Fabriano watercolour paper onto pine board with starch glue.

Box-framed in natural wood from local sustainable source.

h 84cms x w 126cms

£1600 - Buy Now

Hikan Inari Jinja Asakusa Tokyo II

A type of Japanese shrine for the worship of Inari. Inari is a popular deity associated with foxes, rice, household wellbeing and general prosperity.

Sumi and watercolour on Moon Palace paper mounted on Fabriano watercolour paper onto pine board with starch glue.

Box-framed in natural wood from local sustainable source.

h 126cms x w 84cms

£1900 - Buy Now

Tatesuna I

At Kamigamo Shrine, Kyōto two sand cones are prepared each morning. Perhaps relics of shamanistic practices that predate the shrine.

Sumi and watercolour on Moon Palace paper mounted on Fabriano watercolour paper onto pine board with starch glue.

Box-framed in natural wood from local sustainable source.

h 84cms x w 126cms

£1750 - Buy Now

Tatesuna II

Sumi and watercolour on Moon Palace paper mounted on Fabriano watercolour paper onto pine board with starch glue.

Box-framed in natural wood from local sustainable source.

h 84cms x w 126cms

£1900 - Buy Now

Ise Jingū Naiku I

The shrine of the sun goddess Amaterasu-Ōmikami, the ultimate mythical ancestor of the Emperor and where she is believed to dwell in these groves of tall cypress trees.

Sumi and watercolour on Moon Palace paper mounted on Fabriano watercolour paper onto pine board with starch glue.

Box-framed in natural wood from local sustainable source.

h 95cms x w 65cms

£1200 - Buy Now

Ise Jingū Naiku II

Sumi and watercolour on Moon Palace paper mounted on Fabriano watercolour paper onto pine board with starch glue.

Box-framed in natural wood from local sustainable source.

h 95cms x w 65cms

£1200 - SOLD

Ise Jingū Granary

The rice storehouse for the shrine of the sun goddess Amaterasu-Ōmikami. All the shrine buildings of Ise mimic the architectural features of early rice granaries which may not be used in the construction of any other shrine.

Sumi and watercolour on Xuan paper mounted on Fabriano watercolour paper onto pine board with starch glue.

Box-framed in natural wood from local sustainable source.

h 67cms x w 89cms

£900 - Buy Now

Meoto Iwa Shrine

Enshrining the mythical original couple Izanagi and Izanami, this shrine is for love and marriage. The rope, which weighs over a ton, must be replaced ceremoniously several times a year.

Sumi and watercolour on Moon Palace paper mounted on Fabriano watercolour paper onto pine board with starch glue.

Box-framed in natural wood from local sustainable source.

h 65cms x w 95cms

£1550 - SOLD

Shimenawa Izumo Taisha

Kojiki, the legendary stories of old Japan describe it as the largest wooden structure in Japan for centuries and this giant rope of rice straw remains an echo of this past.

Sumi and watercolour on Moon Palace paper in stained black wood frame

h 77cms x w 105cms

£1100 - Buy Now

Miko

In the past these were priests, soothsayers, magicians, prophets and shamans in the folk religion, the chief performers in organized Shintōism. Nowadays miko assist the priests with shrine functions.

Sumi and watercolour on Moon Palace paper mounted on Fabriano watercolour paper onto pine board with starch glue.

Box-framed in natural wood from local sustainable source.

h 64cms x w 54cms

£700 - Buy Now